Yesterday a report came out that the Marlins were talking to the Phillies about a possible trade for perpetually-rumored-to-be-traded catcher J.T. Realmuto. Today Joe Frisaro of MLB.com said that, if such a trade is going to happen, the Phillies are going to have to include top pitching prospect Sixto Sanchez.
Which is to say that it’s highly, highly unlikely that the Phillies are gonna get J.T. Realmuto from the Marlins, because that’s a pretty dang tall order, even for a catcher as good as Realmuto.
Sanchez has been compared to Pedro Martinez. While that’s premature at the absolute best, he’s still the Phillies top prospect and it’d be hard to imagine them trading for anyone. Perhaps this is just a matter of the Marlins shooting for the moon so when they ask for something less lofty. Either way, it doesn’t make it sound like there’s anything close to happening on that front.
Part of the reason the Cleveland Indians could trade away a pitcher like Trevor Bauer in the middle of a playoff race is because they have reinforcements on the way. The primary reinforcement is Corey Kluber, who has been out since May 1 with a broken arm. Based on what happened yesterday it’s possible that the Tribe will have to wait a bit longer for that particular reinforcement to arrive.
Kluber was the starter in yesterday’s game between Triple-A Columbus and Charlotte. He managed only one inning, however, walking two and not allowing a run before being lifted due to abdominal tightness. It was said that he was removed for precautionary reasons, so it may not be an injury as opposed to everyone simply being spooked. He’ll be reevaluated today.
It’s unclear whether this will delay his return to the Indians, though it obviously isn’t a good development. As it stood before yesterday, Cleveland had hoped Kluber could make big league starts in September and be ready for the postseason.